Monday, November 10, 2014

Road Trip.....




More fun Fall travels.

First stop....a lovely breakfast with an ocean view. 
 That is always a lovely start to a mini vacation!!!


Of course our first nights rest would be at Apple Farm. 
It never ceases to charm us and it has become our "home away from home". 



They were already decorated for the holidays....something my home isn't!!!


I wish I had their staff of "elves" to make my home look this festive too!!!


But we were still looking for FALL....and found it in abundance. 


Our sweet cabin in the woods....how cozy it was. 


Within a drive to Jim's favorite destination....Yosemite. 



Where my friend Linda and I enjoyed the lovely fireplace....
 ( her husband joined Jim on photography shoots) 


...and sat for the day sipping tea and knitting on fun projects.
 We might have enjoyed a candy bar too!!!!


Life does not get more restful than this!!!


There were walks behind the Ahwahnee to enjoy the Fall colors...


...and gaze on the herds of deer that were so amazingly tame. 



When the lights came on, and the day turned to twilight, 
it was time to go back to our sweet cabin. 


There were a few stops on the way home.

To Solvang for the most delicious Danish pancakes....


...a stop to pick up some holiday wines.



Of course there has to be a visit to a quilt shop!!!!! 


....and finally home again!!!
Only to unpack my suitcase and pack it again.

I am off to Camp Cedar Glen with the QIAD girls for El's quilting retreat.

Expect LOTS of pictures and stories to tell.
Off again....chat with you soon.  


Friday, November 7, 2014

The Best of Friends.....





The internet will never cease to amaze me.
I can be transported to anywhere in the world,
 and over time I have made friends that I never could have met otherwise.

Yvonne is from Holland and has the most delightful blog.
 You can read her blog  here. .... just use the translate button to go from Dutch to English. 




Yvonne is from Holland....and we connected when she began reading my blog.
I love her blog too, and so does my Mom.

SEW Yvonne ( who travels endlessly) wrote that she would love to come visit us.
We were beyond excited!!!!


Yvonne even attended my ALL DAY ( 12 Hour Class)
 and wowed us all with her " all done by hand" Dear Jane quilt.

  Oh my!!!!  Her energy was boundless....no jet lag for Yvonne!!!! 


By the end of our sewing day
 she had completed a Dresden Plate Wallhanging.


Yvonne made LOTS of new friends...
and enjoyed our endless potluck too.


She continued to sew on the kits that I had cut for her....


...and by the end of the day had completed project two!!!



I came home knowing I had made a friend for life.
How lucky I am that we met. 

We talked about our next visit ( hopefully for longer), 
 and we even talked about exchanging homes in the future.  

I would SEW love to meet her "Bee" and I know she would love to visit here once again.



My Mom and I fell in LOVE with Yvonne.  
The sweetest and dearest lady and we all have so much in common.

I am SEW blessed to have spent time with Yvonne...
and looking forward to doing it again. 



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

All About the Apple Pie....




Fall is our favorite time to getaway....even if it is for one night.

Julian is a local and fun place to visit, 
which comes with a great incentive to make the drive.


It is ALL about the Apple Pie!!!!

Add a bit of cinnamon ice cream and Jim and I were in Fall Heaven. 



Sweet memories indeed....


....of afternoon tea


Cute shop displays....


Lovely Fall decor to enjoy and purchase....


Comfy bed....


Complete with a pretty quilt...


....and the stay ends with the most delicious breakfast.
It begins with homemade granola, and ended with 
Apple French Toast.

My picture was posted on Instagram, 
and I would love it if you would follow me there too.

annedease

Lots of fun things to come....like a visit from my Bloggy Friend from Holland!!!
Waving HELLO Yvonne....safe journey and see you Friday. XXXX




Friday, October 17, 2014

Happy Fall....



From Our Home to Yours....





























Saturday, October 11, 2014

I Needed That.....





I have not been very patient about Fall.  
It has been hot and it is impossible to get in the right mindset.

It was time for a road trip. 



We went to our favorite spot....


Where we could rest up from all the activities that kept our days busy. 


There were cute quiltshops....


Lots of fun Halloween decor....


Elegant shops that made me dream of Paris....


Shops that made me smile from the moment I crossed the threshold.


Wonderful landscapes with endless pumpkins to enjoy.


Lovely gardens to inspire and bring my mind to a restful state.



Most wonderful of all....early morning walks along the foggy shore.
The trip was LOVELY.  

I came home with fabric and patterns,
cute gifts for all those I love,
and I even came home to cooler weather.

I am truly ready for FALL!!!